Posted on October 24th, 2018
Tourist attractions are out; living like a local is in. So that means the venerable Time Out NY — celebrating its 50th anniversary — decided to find the coolest 50 neighborhoods in the world. Local Time Out editors had their say on which places were the best or overrated, which were still affordable for locals, which had their own buzz, and which had new stuff going on regularly. Amid all of that, South End Boston came in at 48 on the global list. Of course, anyone living in the South End apartments at Harrison Court — a historic building in its own right — could have told you this is a neighborhood not to miss.
Among “the planet’s cultural and culinary hotspots — the places to be in 2018” South End is referred to as the city’s artistic hub with the kind of design shops and numerous galleries “that wouldn’t be out of place in any of the world’s culture capitals.” Not bad for what was once a neglected neighborhood.
The neighborhood’s emphasis on the arts was further highlighted by its recognition of the SoWa Artists Guild where artists in a variety of mediums explore a multitude of ideas and concepts. Don’t forget the First Fridays when many of the artists open up their doors to show their work to locals and visitors. This is the kind of opportunity that allows you to find artists that really appeal to you, often before they’re completely out of your price range. It’s also a way to support budding artists from whom you want to see more.
Unsurprisingly, Toro got the nod for where to eat when you want upscale tapas and a great selection of wines. For drinks, the consensus was “Subterranean pseudo-speakeasy Wink + Nod specializes in classic cocktails prepped with house-made cordials, juices, and infusions.”
The South End was one of only seven American neighborhoods to make the final top 50 list. Part of its charm, according to the locals, is that it’s “beautiful, historic and filled with great shops and restaurants – although it isn’t overrun with tourists. It still has a true neighborhood feel while being close to Downtown and Back Bay.”
If you’ve been thinking about visiting or moving to South End Boston, it seems like you might want to move fast before even more people discover how great a neighborhood it is. If you’ve already got one of the South End apartments, consider yourself lucky to live in such a special neighborhood and go out and support all of those independent shops, restaurants, galleries, and artists that make South End so appealing.